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Paph problem....maybe?

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    Hi,

    This is a paph I bought a couple of weeks ago. I'm not sure if it's having a problem or if it's just starting to die off naturally. The pouch part is starting to shrivel. Does is need more water? I watered it 2 days ago and checked the bark yesterday with a moisture meter and it said it was dry. I read that paphs should not be allowed to dry out. When I did water it, I let is stand in a container of water for about 10 minutes so that the bark could soak up the water. I live in Arizona and the humidity is low. Should I water it every day? It looks like another flower is developing....do they only have one flower at a time? Any help would be appreciated.

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    That looks like a sequential bloomer to me, which means you will most likely have single blooms per spike - new one opens when the old one dies. I don't remember mind shrivelling quite that much each time, but generally I don't think it is cause to worry too much yet if you think it is staying watered enough.

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    one flower at a time on these. that next bud is about ready to open soon so it's time for the old flower to fall off. don't water everyday unless you have a VERY open mix. as much as you want EVEN moisture for a paph, and not to let them get bone dry, sopping wet means instant root rot and usually death.

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    yup your next bud will replace the wrinkled bloom

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    Thanks everyone. The bloom looks even worse today. I was just going to ask if I should cut the bloom off and I went to look at it again and the bloom fell off as I was looking at it.........lol. During this time when new flowers are developing should I be giving it a bloom booster type fertilizer or a balanced fertilizer. I am looking forward to seeing my new flower in a few days. Thanks again for the help.

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    I was told by various people to use a balanced fertilizer after the spike is half grown (in general). some people also say that bloom booster fertilizers are total crocks and you won't need them if you use a balanced fertilizer all year. I don't know anyone who has actual *proof* of what they claim, just passing along what I hear. Personally I usually use balanced and occasionally throw in a bloom booster. since I don't use bark anymore I never use hi-nitrogen fertilizers.

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